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Paul Rogers' mention of William Barger being on the late Charles Graves' farm made me wonder if William was the person who introduced evergreen lucerne as a fodder crop on "Woodlands."
I didn't find the article*, read years ago, which I believe named the person, but it would seem that it was not William, who had a clearing sale in 1925 as he was selling the property, and evergreen lucerne advertisements started appearing in 1929.

*Postscript. I eventually found the 1930 article.
Evergreen Lucerne
Westernport evergreen lucerne is reported to have given excellent results on the property of Mr G. L. Andrew, of "Woodlands." Shoreham. who introduced this variety to Victoria. (etc.)

The crazy thing about locality names near Flinders is that both William Barger and Woodlands were described almost equally as being at Shoreham and being at Flinders. To provide even more confusion the township of Shoreham was on the east side of the mouth of Stony Creek in the parish of Balnarring and the township of Balnarring on the west was in the parish of Flinders. Where both Shoreham and Flinders were used to describe the same location, they probably were describing Henry Tuck's former Manton's Creek Run, the east part of the Parish Of Flinders. The west part of the parish had been the Barker family's run.

That common interchanging of names for the same locality was just one of three discoveries related to Woodlands.

GRAVES.—On the 9th of March, at Woodland, near Flinders, Blackhead, of scarlet fever, Henry, third son of Charles and Jane Graves, aged four years ; also, on the 11th of March, William John, youngest son of the above, aged eighteen months, of scarlet fever. The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
(P.47, Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers,27-3-1873.)

TO the Licensing Magistrates at Dromana.— I, CHARLES GRAVES, of Flinders, storekeeper, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will at the next licensing meeting APPLY for a PUBLICAN'S LICENCE for a house situated at Woodlands, Flinders, containing three rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. The seventeenth day of September, A. D. 1875.
(P.1, The Age, 10-9-1875.)
It is hard to believe that he was successful. No mention of the application has been found, even in Leonard Wilding's HISTORY OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA (Mornington Standard, 1905.)

The death notice (identical in two papers) was the only mention of BLACKHEAD in reference to Flinders, Westernport (or Shoreham, which I tried too) when used in inverted commas as a search term (i.e. "Blackhead, Westernport".)
"Blackhead" (as a locality) produced no results in Victoria in the 1840's or 1850's. However BLACKHEAD may not have been a locality name coined by Charles Graves (as in the case of Henry Tuck who obviously told his children that his MANTON'S CREEK RUN near Flinders was known as Merimendiewokewoke-the original name of Manton's Creek- with their young minds partly absorbing such a long word and recalling it decades later as being, as stated on the Flinders Wikpedia page, "Flinders was once believed to have previously been known as Mendi-Moke, but this has subsequently been denied.[3] BY ME!)

"BLACKHEAD" (P.2, The Age, 3-12-1862.)
The Gazette of last night contains a proclamation by the Governor in Council, under the Act of the sixteenth year of her present Majesty to consolidate and amend the law relating to Ports, Harbors, and Shipping, in the colony of Victoria, repealing the proclamation of 30th May, 1853,which defined the limits and boundaries of ports, and made regulations for the same. His Excellency now defines the boundaries as follows : —
Western Port, within a line from Blackhead to Point Grant*, and from Cape Woolamai to Point Griffiths.
*Point Grant is near the Nobbies, Phillip Island's greatest tourist attraction because of the "formally-dressed" birds.

CAPE SCHANK was referred to by Liadet in 1848 as meaning the same as west head. Considering that Cape Schanck was the graveyard of so many vessels it could be assumed that it was not the entrance to a harbour and that West Head was the western entrance to Westernport.


The map shows that the line from Blackhead to Point Grant would have been from West Head to Summerlands and that the Eastern entrance to Westernport would have been where the bridge now connects San Remo* and Phillip Island.

Now how many results would you expect to find in a trove search for "West Head, Westernport". There were only two; the first in 1864, regarding country crown lands at West Head being withdrawn from sale and the second in 1909 about the Golf Club founded by David Maxwell was flourishing. See:

The obvious conclusion is that West Head was named about a year after the new regulation in late 1862 had called it Blackhead but Charles Graves preferred to stick to the old name (as many early settlers at Rye and Mornington did as evidenced by THE BATTLE OF TOOTGAROOK-Sorrento v Rye, and the Mornington team being cheered on with"Go the Pointers!"

Why would West Head have been originally called Blackhead?


I have often referred to land being acquired for the jetport at Tullamarine circa 1960 or 1961. The following shows that the purchases could not have begun before 24-8-1961.
The article was found in a "parish of tullamarine" search on Trove.


This was posted on the PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Facebook page and as it seemed likely that due to a new algorithm, it was going to be deleted by Facebook, rather than copy it into a word file where nobody would see it, I decided to copy it directly into a journal.

Shane Cleave sent me a message, and as I don't know him from a bar of soap, I wasn't going to answer it. Luckily I did. If you or others want me to be able to help you, write a post, starting with my name and then some information, such as in Shane's message.
Shane's message (edited by me.)
I am Shane Cleave from Flinders. If you don’t mind I would like to find out more about the Cleave family. I think they settled in Red Hill South. My grandfather was Walter Cleave. Thank you for your posts.

This was the only result in a "Walter Cleave" trove search limited to the Mornington Standard, Frankston.
Clearing sale—Shoreham, Alex Scott and Co report having held, on the 26th inst, at Wattle Grove, Shoreham, a most successful sale on account of Mrs Smidt, executrix in the estate of the late John J. Smidt, when they disposed of the whole of the cattle, ponies, household funiture and effects at highly satisfactory prices. The properties were not sold by auction, but were subsequently disposed of privately. "Wattle Grove" of 81 acres was purchased by Mr William Batholomew of Flinders, ten acres (on the Dromana and Flinders roads???????) by Mr W. Walter Cleave Jr of Red Hill, half-acre township allotment at Flinders by Mrs C. Johansen.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, Frankston, 3-7-1915.)

As there were possibly dozens of people named Walter Cleave who were totally unrelated to Shane, rather than barking up the wrong tree and catching a red herring, I did a "CLEAVE, RED HILL" search and discovered an Anzac, born in Traralgon, and his brother, also an Anzac.

Theodore Ernest CLEAVE
Regimental number-19782
Place of birth-Taralgon (sic), Victoria
School-Balmarring, Flinders and Main Creek, Victoria
Religion-Church of England
Address-Red Hill, via Mornington, Victoria
Marital status-Single
Age at embarkation-19
Next of kin-Father, W W Cleave, Red Hill, via Mornington, Victoria Previous military service-Nil
Enlistment date-30 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll-30 November 1915
Rank on enlistment-Gunner
Unit name-Field Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 30
AWM Embarkation Roll number-13/36/1
Embarkation details-Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll-Gunner
Unit from Nominal Roll-8th Field Artillery Brigade
Fate-Died of wounds 2 June 1917
Place of death or wounding-Ploegsteert, Messines, Belgium
Age at death- 21
Family/military connections
Brother: 19783 Gunner Charles harper CLEAVE, 8th Field Artillery Brigade, .............
Other details
War service: Western Front
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal


CLEAVE Ernt Theodore Birth
MOTHER: Mary Harper nee RICHEY father: Wm Walt
place of birth: TRARALGON, 1896, 15563/1896

Charles Harper (reg. no. 12398 / 1894) born at Gunbower, all other details as above.

Shane, because of interaction with descendants, I have been able to write stories about thousands of pioneers about whom I knew nothing at first except a name in rate records or on a parish map. If W. Walter Cleaves was your grandfather, I don't even have those details. Where exactly were the 10 acres on the Dromana and Flinders road? (Melway co-ordinates.) How were W.W., T.E., and C.H. Cleave related to you?

If you or others are able to answer these questions, I will be able to press on with my research.

There is a fair chance that this post will be labelled scam by Facebook's algorithm and deleted by Facebook so I suggest that readers copy it before this happens and write a comment stating that they do not regard it as scam.

Postscript, 9 a.m. 17-9-2022.
Further message from Shane (edited by me.)
Thank you for your reply. (The above post.) Yes, C.H. Cleave was my grandfather's brother. I have his world war medals and more and I am very respectful of them. A cousin of mine, John Tuck, gave them to me. Thank you again for your help. I know a lot about the Tuck side of the family; my grandma was a Tuck, E.Cleave born 1895. She lived (with?) us and told me a lot about about the Tuck side but not the Cleave side. My father A.W Cleave born 1930 👍

CLEAVE—TUCK.—On th 7th September, at St McCartan's Catholic Church, Mornington, by the Rev. Father O'Hagan, William Walter, eldest son of William Walter and Mary Harper Cleave, of Red Hill, to Ethel, second youngest daughter of Elizabeth and the late Thomas Tuck of Flinders. (P.5, The Age, 8-8-1921.)

CLEAVE William Walter Birth
mother: Mary Harper nee RICHEY (Ritchie?) father: William Walter place of birth: GUNB (Gunbower), 1882, 3110/1882

TUCK Ethel Birth
mother: Elizth nee HADDOW father:Thos
place of birth: FLINDERS BALNAR(ring), 1895, 12198/1895

RE SHANE'S COMMENT: "My father A.W Cleave born 1930"- no birth record was found. However there was one for the daughter* of Albert Bertram Cleave, he being a brother of Theodore Ernest, Charles Harper and William Walter.

CLEAVE Albert Bertram Birth mother: Mary Harper nee RICHEY father: William Walter place of birth:GUNBOWER
1888. 11939/1888

CLEAVE Albert Bertram Marriage CAIRNS, Janet Thompson 1916 4668/1916

CLEAVE Vera Jane Birth mother:CLEAVE, Janet Thompson nee CAIRNS father:CLEAVE, Albert Bertram place of birth:Flinders
1920, 21743/1920

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Due to trouble submitting journals because of spasmodic internet signals (which resulted in the loss of countless hours of research and my retirement as Itellya on three occasions), only one image being able to be attached to each journal, and the format required to create links to articles, I have been posting my historical research regarding the area near Tullamarine and the Mornington Peninsula on Facebook group pages: WE REMEMBER TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND IN THE EARLY DAYS and PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA.

Facebook was in trouble for allowing the spread of misinformation and personal attacks on others so it has come up with an algorithm to stop such misconduct- which still allows the publication of phony events while labelling historical research as scam.

The members of my two groups are pleading for me to continue my posts but there is little point in doing so- if they are likely to be deleted by Facebook. A Google search for Aitken's Hill near Craigieburn will reveal the myth that it was originally called Mt Yuroke. I tried to correct this on Facebook but my information was deleted. Hence my previous journal!

I have published many journals about the pioneers near Tullamarine, based on rate records, but many of them, especially those who moved away (to retire and be cared for by a relative, or died in a hospital) may have slipped through the cracks because my transcriptions were only done every 15 to 20 years and were mainly in regard to farmers, not residents of Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Townships. My LATE OF TULLAMARINE search on trove was an attempt to discover some of these pioneers.

After a four hour marathon waiting for my research to post until I aborted the attempt, and a restart, which also seemed doomed to the same fate, I submitted the title and then this short, sad story.
Fingers crossed that it will submit too. (Phew!)
There are 139 results on trove, more than one for some pioneers (same information in different papers.)
All 139 results can be found by doing the same search that I did on trove.

1907 W ANGUS LOVE Born circa 1842 and as Keilor was given as the place of death, probably lived on that side of Bulla Rd near Tullamarine S.S. 2613 (whose site was purchased from the Loves.)

1912 W JOHN MANSFIELD Brother of David Mansfield and father of Willam John (who with his son William John, died at Bertram's Ford in 1906.) Had a farm called Grandview at the junction of the Bulla and Broadmeadows roads which may have been the southern 165 acres of Viewpoint (established by Edmund Dunn in 1849 and adjoining Camp Hill to the south.)

1906 W WILLIAM JOHN MANSFIELD Son of John Mansfield (above) who was obviously living on the Melbourne Airport terminal site (the south west corner of section 15 Tullamarine); this would explain why the Hill lad who escaped the tragedy at Bertram's Ford and lived near the east end of the east-west runway joined them on the ill-fated trip to St Albans. The triangular block which became Stan Payne's pig farm, "Scone" was probably purchased in the 1850's from Riddell and Hamilton by John Mansfield who had probably moved to Grandview by 1906, allowing his son to occupy (but not become the owner of the triangle which would explain no real estate* being left in William John's will.)

His death record.
JOHNSON John Death
mother: Wilhelmina ROBERTSON father:JOHNSON William places of birth and death: DRUMMOND, BOX HILL
81 1948, 2460/1948

John Johnson was the grandson of an early landowner north of Broadmeadows Township, also named John Johnson who soon after arriving worked for Peter McCracken on Stewarton (renamed Gladstone in 1893) which was immediately south of the township. The original John soon afterwards bought 40 acres, immediately north of Gellibrand Hill in Machell's subdivision which was called Providence Plains (between Swain St and Providence Lane.) The 40 acre property was later owned by Harry Swain, hence the name of Swain St, the entrance to Dundonald. The original John also bought a block on the north west corner of Mickleham and Craigieburn Rd near John Crowe's Mt Yuroke and called it Greenhill. He was a member of the Broadmeadows Road Board only until 1863.

The family then moved to Dummond but returned to the Broadmeadows area in the early 1900's. The second John's father, William*, bought Spring Park in Keilor Rd and John's family farmed Glendewar and after Alexander McCracken's death, Cumberland, west of Dundonald.
* So named in John's death record. However I needed to prove that William Johnson was the son of the original John Johnson. William died in 1909 and this is his death record.

JOHNSON Wm Death mother: Sarah, nee MUNS father:Johnson Jno place of death:Esdon 73, 1909, 8462/1909

In BROADMEADOWS:A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon stated that the original John Johnson stayed in the district until his death in 1877, aged 70.
There was a death record (5007 / 1877) for John Johnston*, a native of Edinburgh, son of Jane nee Henderson and John (presumably) Johnston whose spouse at death was Jane Henderson and died aged 70, no place of death given.
It would seem that the spouse at death was a mistake by the registrar or a Victorian BDM typist.

Surely there must have been an obituary or article to support Andrew's assumption that he was the grantee of "Greenhill".
There was a death notice but why didn't Andrew state exactly where he died?
JOHNSTON*.—On the 12th inst., at his residence, Green-hill, Euroke*, Mr. John Johnston, aged 70 years.
(P.27, The Australasian, 16-6-1877.)

*The name of the parish was Yuroke but was sometimes rendered as Euroke. The surname was given as Johnston in the death record (which illustrates some confusion) and the death notice, so the informant may have been a neighbour on Crow's Hill (formerly Mt Yuroke, renamed after the property's founder John Crowe), not a member of the family!

However, the apparent error in the spelling of the surname reinforces my belief that Johnstone St between Broadmeadows Township and the Broadmeadows railway station was named after the early Broadmeadows Road Board member, the grantee of "Greenhill" and unknown to Andrew Lemon, the original purchaser of 40 acres in the Machell subdivision north of Dundonald which became known as Providence Plains (which Peter Robertson, father of William JOHNSON'S wife seems to have occupied and named as GELLIBRAND FARM.

The story with which this entry started was written from a 22 year old memory of a lengthy email conversation with Keith Brown of Canberra whose wife Evelyn is a JOHNSON descendant.

To illustrate, here is the 1948 death notice for John JOHNSON of Glendewar/ Cumberland?Glendewar.
JOHNSON.— On March 14, at Box Hill, John, the beloved husband of Blanche and loving father of Evelyn (deceased), Leslie (deceased), Walter*, Reg, William, Blanche, Ettie and Agnes, aged 81 years. Late of Tullamarine. (P.3, The Age, 15-3-1948.)

Evelyn Brown (P.O.Box 509, Dickson A.C.T.2602) is:
The great grand-daughter of William Johnson
The grand-daughter of John Johnson who bought Glendewar.
The daughter of Walter Frederick Johnson and Emma (McKenzie).
Emma worked for a time at Woodlands before marrying Walter in 1924.

Part of my rate research and Keith's story.
The Essendon Gazette of 22-7-1909 contains the obituary of Mr W.Johnson of Spring Park, Essendon, who was well known in pastoral circles. The 73 year old pioneer was born in Huntingdonshire, England and came to the Port Phillip District 57 years ago*. A resident of Drummond, near Malmsbury, he was an early breeder of Lincoln sheep. He moved to Essendon in 1903. (P. 127, The Annals of Essendon Vol.1, R.W.Chalmers.)
William’s widow, Wilhelmina, was still living on Spring Park when their third son, James Alexander (born 28-6-1874, died 28-9-1913) was buried in the ninth row of the Church of England section of Bulla Cemetery. John Johnson (D.14-3-1948 at 81) and Blanche (D.12-7-1951) are buried in this row also. The cemetery is at Melway 177, H/8.
*At the age of about 16, so I presume his father, as well as his son, was named John.

Broadmeadows’ ratebook of 1863 mentions three pieces of property in the parish of Yuroke owned by John Johnston. They were:
a farm (N.A.V. 18 pounds) listed immediately after those of Donald and John McKerchar and before entries for the square mile south of Somerton Rd and bisected by Mickleham Rd.
a farm (N.A.V. 54 pounds), known to be his grant, lot E of section 22 at the north west corner of Mickleham and Craigieburn Rds, which consisted of 97 acres 2 roods and 35 perches. He called it Greenhill.
A house (N.A.V. 9 pounds) that seems to have been overlooked and then inserted before
John Johnston was 51 when elected to the Broadmeadows Roads Board (1858?) and, although he remained a member only until 1863, he remained in the district until his death in 1877 at the age of 70. (Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History by Andrew Lemon.)
After W.W.1, Reg Poole renamed Greenhill as Lancedene. (Jack Simmie of Harpsdale.)
Was John Johnston the father of William Johnson? His surname seems to have been consistently written with the T, but that does not necessarily mean it was right. It is a strange coincidence that Reg.Poole took over the Johnston grant and Blanche Wilhelmina Johnson married a Poole.

At first I thought this might be related to Gellibrand Farm, which was advertised for sale in the Melbourne Morning Herald of 11-12-1849. It was 10 miles from Melbourne , was enclosed by a new fence and had a cottage, dairy and two double huts for workers. As the crow flies, it is 19 km, or nearly 12 miles to Swain St, the entrance to Woodlands Historic Park from Mickleham Rd, which indicates the southern boundary of the parish of Yuroke. As the reference to Gellibrand Cottage, parish of Yuroke, seems to come from a document, we must discount any possible locations south of Swain St- Mladen Court.

The land east of Section Rd, Greenvale, allotment C of section 2, was granted to Leonard James and George Wolfenden Muchell (sic) in 1843. This was subdivided and sold to Messrs Lavars, Bond, Salisbury, Johnson, Davidson, and in 1854, John Lawrence bought lots 6 and 7. Part of lot 6 became the church site in Providence Lane. (Greenvale: Links with the Past by Annette Davis found in the Bulla file at the Sam Merrifield Library, Moonee Ponds.)

Notice that one of the above buyers was Mr Johnson. I wonder if this was John Johnson who had been working for Peter McCracken at Stewarton two miles to the south. There is no mention of a Peter or Henrietta Robertson in the 1863 ratebook despite the fact that they were living in a house near Gellibrand Hill on the 23rd of February in that year. Neither does the surname Johnson appear. Was John Johnston’s house (N.A.V.9 pounds) or farm (N.A.V. 18 pounds and therefore about 40 acres) where Peter and Henrietta Robertson were living without paying the rates? As Henrietta was 72 and Peter 66, it is possible that they were guests of a 56 year old Johns(t)on. It is not possible to determine where Johns(t)on’s house and small farm were but it is likely that they were between Section Rd and Mickleham Rd.

23-2-1863. William Johnson married Wilhelmina Robertson at Gellibrand Cottage in the parish of Yuroke, the home of Wilhelmina’s parents, Peter and Henrietta Robertson. In the same ceremony,Wilhelmina’s older sister, Margaret, married Donald McKerchar, widower (of Colina) of “Springfield”. Donald renamed his property “Greenan”in honour of his wife’s birthplace in Scotland. (This was his 302 ¾ acre grant, lot P of section 9, across Mickleham Rd from Springfield.) A third sister, Henrietta Robertson, married Donald McNab in 1855.
Donald and Margaret’s only daughter, Henrietta (or Etty, who was only a week old when Donald died in 1869) was for many years the postmistress at Greenvale. She did not marry and died in 1944 of drowning (in a dam on the property. Was this Greenan or Springfield North?)
Gellibrand Cottage (must have been reasonably close to Gellibrand Hill) as in 1861 an attempt was made to establish a toll gate and it was resolved to offer Mr Robertson of Gellibrand Hill 8 pounds to ascertain the traffic on the road and to call for tenders for the erection of a toll house and gate on the Broadmeadows Road opposite Mr Robertson’s house. (I have seen no mention of a toll gate near Gellibrand Hill. The toll gate at the intersection of the roads to Broadmeadows and Bulla Townships at Tullamarine and the one at Pascoe Vale would have dealt with travellers likely to pass Gellibrand Hill on the way to Sydney or McIvors Diggings at Heathcote. The local farmers would have hated having a toll gate near Dundonald because they would have been paying tolls every day. The toll gate would most likely have been placed at the intersection of Mickleham and Somerton Rds but there is no mention of a toll gate in that area in the 1863 rate record of the Broadmeadows Roads District.)
Henrietta Robertson (d.22-6-1867 at 76) and Peter Robertson (d.22-10-1876 in Yuroke aged 79) are both buried at Campbellfield.

John Johnson’s son, William, purchased land at Drummond in 1856 as did Peter and Robert McCracken. John went to manage this property and in 1861, John and William bought the McCracken land. William became a prosperous Drummond/Malmsbury identity. His son, John, purchased “Glendewar” at Tullamarine in about 1906 and retained it until his death in 1948.Glendewar was sold in 1951 (probably mostly to Mr W.Smith with A.A.Lord owning the 80 acres including the Hills’ “Danby Farm”and part of Glendewar, which with the Lanes’ Gowrie Park comprised section 14.) From about 1919 to 1934, John Johnson leased, and the family lived on, “Cumberland” adjacent to Glendewar on the east side of Moonee Ponds Creek.

Just before the 1890 depression, David sold his farm to a speculator who expected a railway to Bulla to pass close to the property. The railway didn't happen, the speculator became insolvent and with the deposit and part payments he'd forfeited, David built the beautiful Glenalice.

1870 W WILLIAM SHARP. William Sharp and his wife Harriet (nee Faithfull, formerly Hodgkinson) owned blocks (in John Pascoe Fawkner's subdivision of section 10 Tullamarine), located at Melway 3 C 2-3 and land across Jackson's Creek in the Organs Park Park.
Judy Hodgetts, a Faithfull family researcher provided the following information about Harriet's two marriages circa 2000.

Abraham Hodgkinson was the 3rd mate on the “Royal Consort” which left for Australia on 9-11-1843 and arrived on 18-2-1844. He was paid L8/19/6 for his duties, which indicates that he did not jump ship as many sailors did a decade later during the gold rush. On board as passengers were Thomas Faithfull 37, his wife Mary Ann 39, and their children: Harriet Ruby 19, Sarah Amelia 17, Henry 14, Jane 11, Moses 8, William 4 and Thomas 2. The Faithfull family must have soon arrived in this area for when their eighth and last child, Anne, was born on 9-6-1846 the birth was registered at Bulla.
Now it seems that Abraham Hogkinson, about 31 during the voyage out, was using his time off duty for more than sleeping. A certain 19 year old lass had caught his eye and he was to marry Harriet on 10-2-1850. Abraham was to live only nine years after his marriage but fathered eight children because he started early! Did they elope? The registrations of his childrens’ births indicate his whereabouts before buying land on Tullamarine Island:
Ester b. Moonee Ponds* & d. Melbourne 1845, Maria b. Gippsland 1848, William b. Keilor 1849, Marian b.1851 and Sarah b.1853 at Jordans Creek (up Castlemaine way), Thomas b.1855 Tullamarine, Harriet b.1857 Flemington (may have needed special medical care for the birth), Abraham b.1860 Tullamarine (d.1861.)
(Moonee Ponds could have indicated that he was working for Loeman on Moreland, Robertson on La Rose or Fawkner on Belle Vue Park, leasing part of 23 Doutta Galla, working for Kenny on Camp Hill, McDougall etc on Glenroy, Peter McCracken on Stewarton, Coghill on Cumberland, Dewar on Glendewar, Greene on Woodland or Firebrace on Melford Station, i.e. anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek!
Several historians have made the mistake of assuming that “Moonee Ponds” meant the present suburb.)
Anyhow, getting back to Abraham’s farm. On 25-2-54, Abraham bought Edward Pope’s allotment for 150 pounds (12 981). For an amount that was not entered in the memorial, he then purchased the neighbouring allotment from Frederick Anthony Thies on 4-5-1855. I have not been able to find the conveyance of John Beasley’s allotment, but Abe obviously owned this by 1-9-1855, when he mortgaged all three allotments to J.H.Brooke for 100 pounds (30 384).
On 30-7-1858, Abraham conveyed Beasley’s lot and the eastern part of Thies’s lot (which is not part of the Organ Pipes Park) to Henry Mildenhall for 125 pounds (66 695). Mildenhall became the husband of Sarah Amelia Faithfull, the sister of Abraham’s wife, Harriet. Abraham Hodgkinson died on 2-12-1859. In 1862, his widow married William Skill Sharp but Harriet again became a widow when William died on 4-8-1870.
On 15-7-1879, Thomas Hodgkinson conveyed Pope’s purchase and the western half of the lot originally bought by Thies (both now part of the park) to his mother Harriet Sharp for 140 pounds. (282 230). The memorial indicates that the title was converted (to Torrens?) in 1890 so details of further conveyance cannot be obtained for free.
Harriet Sharp died on 24-12-1885. Her will of 17-12-1885 left “the old farm” (lot 7 and the western half of lot eight to her daughter Amy Ann Sharpe and “East End Farm”, her present homestead (allotment 7A of section 5 in Holden) to her son, John Sharpe. Thomas Hodgkinson was appointed as Amy’s trustee until she turned 21.John Sharpe, her sole executor, specified on 31-3-1886 that the Holden farm consisted of 36 99/160 acres and the old farm of about 31 acres. (See 11A re spouses of Harriet’s kids.)

1884 D MARY HANDLEN (nee Guthrie.)
HANDLEN.— On the 13th November, at Ulupna, Mary, the beloved wife of Patrick Handlen, of Ulupna,late of Tullamarine.
(P.1, The Age, 18-1-1884.)

HANDLEN Mary Death
mother: Bridt nee MORAN father: Guthrie Thos place of death registration:NUMURKAH
spouse at death: HANDLEN, Patrick
46, 1884, 13559/1884
Riddell and Hamilton bought sections 6 and 15 (mainly between today's Melrose Drive and Mickleham Rd) and after doing a land swap with John Pascoe Fawkner, grantee of section 7, so the latter's estate was entirely on the Keilor side of Bulla Rd and theirs on the Broadmeadows side, sold Glendewar to William Dewar, the present Airport Terminal site to John Mansfield and Chandos to John Peter. The land between Nash's Lane and Wrights Lane north of the back lane (Derby St) was subdivided into small blocks of 5 acres which were eventually consolidated into farms such as Charles Nash's Fairview and Wallis Wright's Sunnyside and Hamilton Terrace between Bulla Rd was divided into acre blocks 200 metres deep, with 20 metre frontages to Bulla Rd and the back lane. Noah Holland had six blocks which became the Melrose Drive Reserve and the next block, roughly opposite the Beech Tree Hotel, was the Handlen Family's. The house, right near the footpath, was still standing in 1971 when I moved to Tullamarine but must have been demolished soon afterwards. This block was later added to the Melrose Drive Reserve. The Morgans owned the next block which now adjoins the reserve.

1917 D JAMES SHARP OF HILLSIDE, THE NORTH EAST PORTION OF SECTION 21 PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA, PURCHASED IN 1867, WHICH BECAME THE THOMAS FAMILY'S CARINYA PARK CIRCA 1940. Sharps Rd was named after James who in 1863 had been leasing part of John Peter's Chandos.

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Locations of Broadmeadows Township, and the three MOUNTS (with suggestions about how their names came about.)

Proclaimed a township in 1850, this was the administrative centre of the Broadmeadows Road Board/ Shire for about 70 years before a new town hall was built near the Broadmeadows station, (the new centre of population due to subdivisions in the Strathmore/Glenroy area), in 1928.

Surrounded by Hackett St (never made, and renamed Mickleham Rd when the bridge over Moonee Ponds Creek was built c 1982); Kenny St; Lyons St; and to the south, the creek and Forman St, it is roUghly indicated by Melway 5 K 6,7 to 6 D7.

The railway station's location was first called Broadmeadows East to prevent confusion but later the old township was called West Broadmeadows and then Westmeadows and it is now part of the suburb of Attwood.
Located at Melway H 12, its summit is 202 metres above sea level, and it was not the only Mount Gellibrand in Victoria in the early days of settlement. Both were named after the same person, Joseph Tice Gellibrand* who perished near Colac where the other one is located. (* )

Port Phillip Association[edit source]
As early as January 1827, Gellibrand in partnership with John Batman applied for a grant of land in the as yet un-colonised region at Port Phillip. They stated that they were prepared to bring with them sheep and cattle to the value of £4000 to £5000. This application was refused, but the two colonists maintained their interest in the pursuit of obtaining land at Port Phillip.[4]
In 1835 Gellibrand became one of the leading members of the Port Phillip Association, a company of 17 colonists who devised a plan to obtain and divide amongst themselves thousands of acres of land on the northern shore of Port Phillip through a treaty with the local Wurundjeri people. Gellibrand, having a strong foundation in law, drew up this Batman Treaty which stipulated that the Aboriginal people would hand over all of the land within 10 miles of the northern shore in exchange for a yearly hand-out of basic provisions. Gellibrand was assigned a block of land that is now the region that extends from Laverton to Spotswood.[5]

Given their long association, It is possible that Batman had noticed Mount Gellibrand, as he travelled east to the site of the treaty, and named it in honour of his old friend. The one near Colac was so-named by 1843. It was possibly named by one of those searching for Joseph Tice Gelliband and Hesse when they disappeared, such as Frederick Armytage and Thomas Roadknight.

Even though the Mount in Mickleham Rd. was reduced in status to a hill, at least it retained the surname of a very early and brave pioneer.
This would seem to be located on crown allotment C of section 20, parish of Yuroke. It is almost certain that John Crowe first used the name - for his farm.

In the 1940's John had been leasing crown land in the parish of Kelbundoora and was described as living on the Merri and Darebin Creek in Electoral rolls. He often served on juries and in 1848 was elected as a committee member of the Port Phillip Farmers' Society.
Committee of Management for 1849 (which may have turned his focus to the west.) Note the known residence of some of his colleagues which I have supplied in brackets.
William Thomson (co-grantee of section 14, Tullamarine)
Coiler Robertson (of La Rose, heitage-listed as Wentworth House, Le Cateau St, Pascoe Vale House)
Archibald McDougall (Perhaps this should be Robert McDougall of "Cona", Glenroy.)
M. McNamara (possibly of the parish of Doutta Galla)
Joseph King
M. Loeman (Managing or leasing the Moreland Estate; bridge in Moreland Rd named after him; established Glenloeman on Tullamarine Island in 1854.)
John Crowe
David Duncan, Treasurer. (Co-grantee of section 14 Tullamarine.)
(P.3, Argus, 10-10-1848.)

On pages 227-8 of BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon has listed original purchasers of crown land in the various parishes in the Broadmeadows District. No year of purchase is given for John Crowe's purchases in section 20 Yuroke is given.

They were bought on 8-5-1851.
175. Bourke, 191a 0r 38p, parish of Yuroke, allotment C, part of section 20. A M'Lachlan, 22 3s.
176. Bourke, 160a, parish of Yuroke, allotment D, part of section 20. John Crowe 52 2s.
(P.4, Argus, 9-5-1851.)

It is strange that A. McLachlan was recorded as the purchaser of 20C and M.Ainslie was not mentioned a a co-purchaser of 20 D.
Perhaps the reporter's notes were wrong or he'd made a blue in transcribing them. Or 20c was purchased by McLachlan on John's behalf.

This was first used in 1847 to roughly indicate the location of the mysterious Mount Jophet (to which no other reference was found in Trove or Google searches) where the Mercer's Vale Hunt was to meet.

Mercer's Vale was the original name for Beveridge where Ned Kelly grew up. It was on the direct route to Sydney.

Unfortunately two hour's work trying to ascertain whether this Mt Aitken was the one between the Dunhelen homestead and Craigieburn at Melway 386 C11 or the one west of Sunbury (see Melway key map 8 E3) has been lost due to a poor internet signal.
Many of the meets were places on the direct route to Sydney which became the Hume Highway, so it is likely that the Mt Aitken mentioned was at Melway 386 C11 between the Dunhelen homestead and Craigieburn.
It is my belief that only once did they met anywhere near Mt Aitken west of Sunbury.

THE Mercers Vale Hounds will meet at Mr. Beattie's Station, Salt Water River , on Wednesday the 4th; on Monday the 9th at Mount Jophet, near Mount Aitken ; and on Saturday the 14th at Kinlochewe, each day at eight o'clock.
(P.2, Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser, 4-7-1847.)

Research into the marriages of two Collyer brothers to John Batman's daughters led me west to the Toolern Vale area and I found many Beatie grants were next to those of John Aitken west of what became the Calder Highway. This is the reason that I believe that the said station was near the other Mt Aitken. Henry Beattie managed and then bought John Aitken's Mt Aitken estate.

The above states that John Aitken was admired and liked by his fellow squatters so it is possible that the Brodies or some other squatter near Craigieburn had named the hill on the Dunhelen Estate after him but he had certainly never lived in that area as stated in the otherwise excellent Mt Aitken College's history.

Mt Yuroke did not become Aitken's Hill as claimed in websites about volcanoes.

A post in Fading Victoria* draws the same wrong conclusion and presumed that a word had been accidentally left out but Yuroke was a reference to Mt Yuroke being in the parish of Yuroke**- in its north western corner.

* [Craigieburn / Mickleham / Greenvale] Aitken Hill
24 JULY 2007, 9:55AM
A bit of trivia today, according to the Registrar of Geographic
Names, the recognised names for Aitken Hill are:

Aitken Hill (official)
Aitkens Hill (historical)
Mount Aitken (historical)
Yuroke (historical)

I've also seen it referred to as Mount Yuroke (perhaps they missed a word)

Mount Yuroke/Crow's Hill is probably in crown allotment C of section 20, parish of Yuroke but it can be seen why the farm was sometimes described as being at Mickleham (as it adjoined that parish) and Craigieburn (as it was near Craigieburn Rd.)

Mt Yuroke became Crow's Hill, presumably to honour John Crowe.
John Crowe died fairly early in the district's history and although Mt Yuroke (like Mt Gellibrand) was downgraded from a mountain to a mere hill, the locals probably honoured his memory by calling it Crowe's Hill and this became the name of a farm on the hill with the e at the end of Crowe missing.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 19 January 1857 p 8 Family Notices
... Funeral Notices. THE Friends of the late JOHN CROWE, Esq., are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, this day, Monday, the 19th instant. The Funeral procession to move from his late residence, Mount Yuroke, at ten, passing Broadmeadows etc.

M M'CAW & ANOTHER have received instructions from Messrs Glover & Edwards, of Mount Euroke (Crow's Hill), to sell by auction, at above farm, on Wednesday, 1st March, at eleven o'clock sharp, etc.
(P.2, The Age, 27-2-1865, item 3 in column 3 of scan.)


His name was James and his wife was Elizabeth nee Dunlop. Their son, James Adam, was born at Tyabb in 1866 (reg. no.17967/1866.)
An earlier son, James*, was born in about 1863 and having died, aged 2 (presuming that meant years) on 19-9-1865, was probably one of the first buried at the historic Tyabb cemetery just north of Hastings.

* HALL James Death
mother: Elizabeth nee DUNLOP father: James
place of birth: VICT place of death: blank
2, 1865, 7659/1865

Poor little James had been born at Westernport, probably Tyabb, in 1863.
HALL James, Birth
mother: Elizabeth nee DUNLOP father: James
place of birth: WEST (obviously WESTERNPORT)
1863, 4733/1863

James was almost certainly the Mr J. Hall of Westernport who drew these two terrific views shown in an 1866 article.

If J.Hall, later the caretaker of the Tyabb cemetery, was James, his caretaking would have been a labour of love! His second son, born in 1866, died at Tyabb in 1886 at the age of 20 and was probably also buried in that cemetery.

It was the interest of Mr J.Hall of Hastings in social science chiefly concerning trees (potash from mangroves* and cultivation of lemon and orange trees**) which made me try a Tyabb search.

James Hall's wife died in 1914.
HALL Elizth Death
mother: Margt nee MCCREADY father: Dunlop Adam
place of death: Hastings, 84, 1914, 9955/1914

HALL. —On the 27th July, at her late residence, "Tecoma," Hastings, Elizabeth, relict of the late James Hall, of Hastings, and dearly loved mother of Mrs. J. M. Watt, of "Gowrie," Hastings, in her 85th year.
(P.1, Argus, 29-7-1914.)

James Hall had died in 1894.
HALL Jas Death
mother: Amelia PORDAGE father: Jas
place of death: Hastings, 73, 1894, 13418/1894

HALL.—On the 9th inst., at his late residence, Tecoma, Hastings, James Hall, master mariner, aged 73.
(P.1, Argus, 12-10-1894.)

James Adam Hall, born in 1866, whose second given name was the given name of Elizabeth's father, was not mentioned in Elizabeth's death notice because he had died at Tyabb in 1886.

HALL James Death
mother: Elizth nee DUNLOP father: Jas
place of death: TYABB, 20, 1886, 7703/1886

Found with a "Tecoma" Hastings search.
It is with regret that we have to announce the death of one of the oldest residents of Hastings, in the person of Mrs Hall, who passed away at her late residence, "Tecoma," after a very short illness, at the advanced age of 85. Mrs Hall was suffering from bronchial pneumonia and heart failure, which only caused the deceased lady to be confined to her bed since Thursday last. Much sympathy is felt for Mrs Watt, of Gowrie, daughter of the deceased lady.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, Frankston, 1-8-1914.)

WATT—HALL.—On the 3rd August, 1910, at Melbourne, by the Rev. T. Edwards, Presbyterian minister, James M. Watt, of Hastings, to Amy, only daughter of the late James Hall and Mrs. Hall of "Tecoma", Hastings. (P.13, Argus, 8-10-1910.)

No wonder I couldn't find Amy's birth record or marriage record. I was starting to think she'd been adopted. I looked for James Watts' marriage record.
HALL Amelia, Marriage, WATT James Morice 1910 6715/1910

Amelia's birth record.
HALL Amelia birth
mother:Elizabeth nee DUNLOP father: James
place of birth registration: SCHNAPPER (POINT)
1861, 19778/1861*
*1861 was the year Tyabb Township was proclaimed!

WATT Amelia Death
mother: Elizabeth nee DUNLOP father: HALL James
places of birth and death: QUEENSFERRY???, HASTINGS
80, 1941, 21559/1941

The place of birth given in a death record can't be trusted! It is possible that Elizabeth gave birth near Queen St in Melbourne just before her master mariner husband set sail and he registered the birth at Mornington. I wonder if James or Elizabeth was born at Queensferry and the informant misunderstood the registar's question.

Death record of Amelia's husband.
WATT James Morice Death
mother: Anne nee MORICE father: WATT John
place of death: FRANKSTON
67, 1932, 1619/1932

James Morice Watt provides yet another example of the many connections between the histories of the area near Tullamarine and the Mornington Peninsula. He was the son of John Watt, one of the ealiest settlers (grantee of Oakfield) at Somerton whose son John Oliver rang the bell at the historic Scots Church at Campbellfield for decades from 1875 to 1922.

After his first wife died in 1854 at 'Oakfield',[3] in 1857 John returned to Scotland with his children on 'Roxburgh Castle'. His eldest daughter, Anne, died at the age of 17 years on this voyage. [4]
John married again to Ann Morice on 3 June 1859 in Old Machar Aberdeen Scotland.

James Hall had married Elizabeth Dunlop in 1860 (register number 2079/1860.)



JONES.— On the 8th August, at his brother's residence*, Summerville, after a lingering illness, borne with Christian patience. Walter Edwin Jones, late of Dargo High Plains, in his 55th year. Deeply regretted. (P.1, The Age, 16-8-1881.)

Alfred's residence would have been the 500 acre property near the north end of the parish of Tyabb which he called Almond Bush Stud. See its location on the parish map.

By the start of 1883, Alf seems to have decided to retire from farming and to lease or sell his property on which Nurse Sage* spent her childhood days (source of this fact over 10 years ago was a descendant of pioneers whose identity I don't recall, but probably the late Leila Shaw.)

By 1921, J.E.Sage was on Alfred Jones' Almond Bush Stud, carrying on the horse breeding tradition.

To Stand this season at Somerville At "Almond Bush" Travel if Required. The Champion Pony Stallion MALDON BEAUTIFUL Dappl.rt " foaled 1910, with good, clean, flat bone and plenty of muscle, style and action and stands about 18.2 hands high. Maldon is by Boy out of Fannie. Roy is by Fauntleroy. Maldon's dam, Fannie, is by Silver Prince, grand sire Silver King (imp). Maldon gained the Society's Champion Ribbon at Frankston in 1914, and in 1919 at Royal Show, Melbourne, First in Class as Sire of Harness Ponies, and Champion for Best Pony. TERMS...... For further particulars apply to J. E. SAGE*, Somerville. Also at Stud the Pure Bred Berkshire Boar bred by Dookie College ...... FeI lOs Shorthorn Bull At Stud .... Fee 10l.
(P.1s,Frankston and Somerville Standard, 4-11-1921.)
*John Edward Sage, son of Edward Arthur Sage and May Ann, nee Murray, born in 1882, was Nurse Sage's much older brother.

At Twelve O'clock.
Six Miles from Frankston
GA. BYRNE has received instructions from Alfred Jones, Esq., to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, at his residence, as above,
The whole of the Almond Bush Stud,
Consisting of 60 useful well-bred carriage and light harness horses ; about 30 unbroken, three and four years old, by L. L. and Moonbeam ; also 50 fat crossbred sheep and a pure bred bull. Luncheon provided.
Terms Cash.
G. A. Byrne Main Street, Mornington.
N.B. Train leaves Prince's Bridge for Frankston 7.30 a.m.
(P.3, Argus, 23-1-1883.)

JONES Walt Edwd (sic) Death
mother: Sarah COOPER father: Thos
(place of birth probably London)
place of death registration SNAPPER PT
spouse at death: RUDDELL, Jane
55 1881 8917/1881

In response to your email concerning James Hodgins:
The James you refer to is my great grandfather, who came out to Australia with a cousin William. After a quick and fairly nonproductive visit to the goldfields, they teamed up with two sets of brothers - the Jones and McKerlie boys - to cut she-oak at Mt Eliza for shipment to Melbourne. Jones had been cutting on Davey's land, and by the time they joined forces they were cutting on JT Smith's property further around the coast - which subsequently was called "Canadian Bay".
The two Jones boys were British-born but had migrated to (Upper) Canada, from whence they came to Australia on the Scargo in 1853, along with the McKerlies.

The Jones boys stayed on in the Mornington/Somerville area - Alfred for much longer than his brother Walter (another story). From his property Alfred became a butcher and led a significant public life - witness Jones Road in Somerville. Walter became a grazier in the Dargo area.

JONES Alfd Death
mother: Unknown nee UNKNOWN father: Unknown
place of birth: London* death: Frankston, 84, 1906, 1617/1906
* As stated in his 1888 biography in Victoria and its Metropolis ; Past and Present, P 395.Summary.
Born in London,Alf went to Canada with his parents at the age of 12 in 1832. Arriving in Victoria in March 1853 he went to Bendigo with a party of 5 and found 15 ounces of gold in 5 weeks. He had no luck at McIvor's Diggings (Heathcote) and moving to FRANKSTON (Parish of!), supplied the town of Melbourne and the troop(er)s with firewood at three pounds ten shillings per load. After two years, competition had lowered profits so he rented Baxter's Flat for 5 years and in 1860 purchased 500 acres at Somerville, then called Tyabb (Parish of!).

Alfred's death record has no detail about his parents and having read Lance Hodgin's information above, I wondered if Walter's death record would supply the missing details, which it did.

Walter married Jane in 1873.
JONES Walter Edwin Marriage RUDDELL, Jane 1873 3870/1873

This is almost certainly Jane's death record and the name of the house at Hawthorn* where she died was probably Tuerong.
JONES Jane Death
mother: Isabella nee HALL father: Ruddell Ralph
place of death: Hawth, 59, 1890, 12112/1890
Auburn became Hawthorn East.

JONES—RUDDELL.—On the 26th inst., at Trinity Church, East Melbourne, by the Rev. H. N. Wollaston, Walter Edwin Jones, Esq., of High Plains station, North Gipps Land, to Jane, eldest daughter of Ralph Ruddell, Esq., late of Teurong, Mornington.
(P.1, Argus, 28-11-1873.)

Tuerong was occupied by George Bolton Eagle in 1843, and by William Dawson in 1845. Dawson transferred to John McKenzie and Joseph Hall* in July, 1849. Ralph Ruddell acquired the licence in 1852, and Vaughan and Wild ultimately in 1860.

*Ralph Ruddell's wife Elizabeth was a daughter of Joseph Hall.

Tuerong was the name of a run which extended south from the line of Tuerong Rd to the Westernport shore and adjoined the eastern boundary of Jamieson's Social Survey. There was one more transfer of the occupation licence before it was cancelled, back to Ralph Ruddell who purchased the Tuerong pre-emptive right. Joseph McIlroy often wrote about Riddells Plain, not realising that the man after whom the area was named was Ralph Ruddell. Ralph lost Tuerong Station due to insolvency in about 1863 and the Wilsons (descended from Bonnie William of Dundee) took over the property for some time.

See the Tuerong pre-emptive right on the Moorooduc parish map.

Ralph's son, T.J.Ruddell, who married in 1877, obviously had fond memories of Tuerong as he named his houses in Oxley St Hawthorn and Cowper St Auburn (East Hawthorn) after the property.

On 2-7-1860, Jane's younger sister Margaret married John McMahon, second son of James McMahon, Esq., Long Beach Station, on the site of today's Riviera Hotel. Why was it then that her eldest sister did not marry until 1873? In 1855 Jane would have been about 14 year old and Walter Edwin Jones almost 30 years old. If she had seen the Canadian woodcutter and his brother Alfred at that time, its not too hard to imagine Jane developing a crush on the much older Walter.*


Mornington Cemetery is a cemetery serving the Mornington Peninsula area of Melbourne. It is located at 40 Craigie Rd, Mount Martha.[1]
The cemetery was first Surveyed in 1855, and was originally called the Mt. Martha Cemetery, then the Moorooduc Cemetery.
It contains a number of pioneer graves for the district.[2]

The above is from Wikipedia which is very keen on contributors providing sources for claims. Was [2] proof of the claim that the cemetery was originally called the MOUNT MARTHA Cemetery, a claim that certainly needs to be verified? No! It provides a link to Valerie Wilson's terrific articles about the pioneers buried there, a worthy service to readers. However the fact that it contains pioneer graves does not need to be verified; almost all early cemeteries would.
2. Wilson, Valerie. "A Guide to Pioneer Graves". Mornington & District Historical Society.
This map is a copy but it is dated 18 Decr, 1855, the year that the cemetery was surveyed. (Paste the bold type into your search bar.)
The cemetery measuring 1945 x 1000 links (389 x 200 metres) had an area of 29 acres 1 rood and 32 perches and it was originally called (drum roll -----) CEMETERY.

I've done my level best to verify that it WAS called the MOUNT MARTHA CEMETERY but it looks as if it never bore that name.

If it was, anyone who can provide proof, not just repeat somebody's undocumented claim, will become one of my history heroes!


From pages 136-7 of PUBS, PUNTS AND PASTURES by Joan Carstairs and Maureen Lane, available online. Paste the link, given in bold type, into your search bar to read the book.

MARIA MCINTYRE ---------------------JAMES CHERRY
Born: 1848, Melbourne married 1869 Born: 1838, County Down
Died: 12.7.1927 Richmond---------- Died: 1889, Footscray
----------------------------------Parents: William & Jane Cumming

WILLIAM CHERRY, aged 36, labourer, and his wife JANE CUMMINGS CHERRY, aged 31, housemaid, arrived in Port Phillip on the 'Marquis of Bute' on the 30th of November, 1841. They came from County Down, Ireland. The children who accompanied their parents were: Sarah Jane, 11 yrs.; Eliza, 9 yrs.; James, 6 yrs. and Robert, 4 yrs. At least one more child, William, was born after arrival as we know from later marriage and death records. There could have been other girls born here who married, changed their names and became very hard to find. James, William and Robert married Maria McIntyre, Louisa Doherty and Eliza Blair respectively, and were having children in the 1870s / 80s at Maidstone.

European settlers
William Cherry migrated from Belfast in 1841. Soon after arriving he began farming in the Keilor area*. By 1861, he owned 2,500 acres extending from Brooklyn down to Altona. Part of this landholding later passed to William’s son James. It is believed that
James’s home, Brooklyn Lodge, gave name to the suburb.

1842: William Cherry took out pasturage licences around the Kororoit Creek, Altona, calling the farm “Shandwick”*. By 1861, he had purchased 2,500 acres at Crown land sales fringing Kororoit Creek from Brooklyn to Altona.

* "Soon after arriving" is rather vague whereas the information about the pasturage licences is quite definite, so that would make it seem that William first lived near Kororoit Creek rather than Keilor. However, to cross the Saltwater River with stock, a very roundabout route was required. William would have had to head north from Melbourne, crossing the Moonee Moonee chain of Ponds on Main's bridge at Flemington and climbing steadily until he reached today's Buckley St West at Essendon, which for many decades was known as Braybrook Road. Then he would head west to today's Milleara Rd, turning left to head south to roughly Raglan St, Avondale Heights, then down to Grimes' Flat and westward along the north bank of the river to roughly the south end of today's Rhonda St, Avondale Heights where there was a ford. (He would have been wasting his time travelling west along today's Canning St to the river unless he was likely to die of thirst. There he would have found fresh water BUT NO FORD at Melway 27 B8!)

It was the ford at Melway 27 C9 that would allow him to cross from the parish of Doutta Galla to the parish of Cut Cut Paw.

It was at this point in 1803 that Charles Grimes' party had to continue their journey upstream on foot because of the rocks, and found that the water was still salty. This was the ford that John Aitken would have used to reach Mount Aitken west of Sunbury and Dr. Andrew Thompson to travel to Corio. The ford at 27B8 was built by Michael Clancy in the 1860's to link his Doutta Galla and Cut Cut Paw grants (and possibly to prevent the fresh water fronting his property being tainted by king tides and to make use of the rocks from his rock walls which Thomas Derham's henchmen had strewn over his crops in order to persuade him to leave. By that time the bridge at the bottom of Smithfield Rd had been built so to describe the ford at 27B8 as "SOLOMANS (sic) FORD, (Historic crossing to Ballarat goldfields)" is nonsense for several reasons.

James Reid's 1855 plan of Braybrook Township shows Grimes' Rocks, the original Solomons Ford, and an un-named road (between Duke St and the river) leading to the second Solomons Ford, providing access to North Rd, Avondale Heights with the ramp up the escarpment being the western boundary of Thompson Reserve.
* James Reid's 1855 map of Braybrook Township.

You will notice on Reid's map that the portion of Braybrook Township in Cut Cut Paw near the south bank of the river had not been alienated. That was probably why a new Solomons Ford was needed in 1855, so valuable land on the steep south bank could be subdivided and sold by the government.

After about 1855, the second Solomons Ford had become the direct route between Keilor and Altona. Another possible route was Sunshine Avenue, McIntyre Rd and Anderson Rd to Brooklyn, passing the McIntyre farm. This may be how James Cherry and Maria McIntyre first met each other. (See start of journal.)

William and Jane's son, Robert, arrived with his parents at the age of 4 as stated at the beginning of the journal. There was another Robert Cherry mentioned in the 1840's who was a poundkeeper and watchhouse keeper at Geelong in 1848. He was possibly the Robert Cherry who died at Mt Moriac (not far south west of Geelong) in 1882.

CHERRY Robert Death mother: Unknown father: Jno. place of death: MT.MORIAC
spouse at death: SPENCE, Ann 70, 1882, 2773/1882

There was no death notice, and to add to the confusion, probate of the will of Robert Cherry (Robert Cherry, £345, P.20, Advocate, 14-10-1882) was granted. Robert Cherry's widow Jane (of Duneed, a settlement near Mt Moriac) had applied for probate of his will in August 1882 (P.8, Argus, 16-8-1882.)

There are only 5 death records for ROBERT CHERRY between 1860 and 1900, the name of the spouse at death given in three cases, none named Jane, and the place of birth in the other two being Sale.


To avoid confusion with other people named Robert Cherry, most results for the son of William and Jane Cherry can be found by using his name and adding Seaford or Wyndham as search terms.

Some sources give the impression that Robert coined Seaford as a property name.
Robert Cherry 1838-1910 and his wife Elisabeth (Eliza) (nee Blair) 1841-1899. Robert is the son of William and Jane Cherry. Robert built Seaford Estate north of Cherry Lake. Seaford Estate was a large property that stood on an area of land bordered by Millers Road, Kororoit Creek Road and Kororoit Creek.

Robert served as a Werribee councillor and was elected as Shire President in 1881-1882 and again in 1896-1897. Robert spent his later years in Seaford House in Auburn Road, Hawthorn where his wife Eliza died in 1899.

Robert and Eliza are buried within Melbourne Cemetery near William and Jane Cherry (Presbyterian, Section G)

William Cherry may have coined Seaford as a name circa 1842 when crossing Kororoit Creek at a ford such as the one linking Racecourse Rd and Altona Rd at Melway 55 C8.

He used the name in the death notice for his wife, Jane, inserted in The Argus and The Age. The typesetter at the latter obviously needed glasses.

On the 10th inst., at Seaford House, near Williamstown, Jane, the beloved wife of Mr. William Cherry, aged 47 years, from near Spaw Well, county Down, Ireland. (P.4, Argus, 12-5-1857.)

I'll have to change the search term from Seaford to find the other death notice. Amazingly, Trove produced 90 results for ICEFORD, most due to poor digitisation. Luckily the death notice in The Age was the first result.
On the 10th inst., at Iceford House, near Williamstown, Jane the beloved wife of Mr. William Cherry, aged 47 years, from near Spaw Wall, County Down, Ireland.(P.4, The Age, 11-5-1857.)

Amazingly the funeral notice in the Argus of the 11th made the same mistake.
Funeral Notices.
THE Friends of Mr. WILLIAM CHERRY are most respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late wife from his residence, Iceford House, near Williamstown. The funeral to move from his house at ten o'clock on Tuesday next, and be at Flemington at half-past two, to the New Cemetery. THOMAS JENNINGS, Undertaker, 128 Queen-street, Melbourne.

The only results on trove for SEAFORD in Victoria before 1913 are in connection with William Cherry's family!

There is a reason that adjoining grants are included. Prices paid are "per acre". The numbers 131 to 141 refer to the order of auctions not crown allotment details, which follow the order of sale number.
Section 16.
Upset price £ 1 per acre.
131 375a 16p, allotment A. William Taylor, £ 1 2s. (This is the Taylors Lakes area between the old Calder Highway and Keilor Downs. The rest have a river frontage from Overnewton College to the bottom right corner of Melway 14 J5.)
132 179a 3r allotment B. William Taylor, £1 10s .
133, 121a 3r, allotment C. William Taylor, £3 5s .

Upset price £ 1 10s per acre
134 92 a 3r, allotment D. A. Russell, £1 10s
135 80a 3r 15p, allotment E. A. Russell, £2

Upset price £2 per acre,
136 19a 2r, allotment F, William Cherry, £5 2s.
137 22a 20p, allotment G .William Cherry, £6.
138 27a 3r 10p, allotment H, William Cherry, £3 18s.

Upset price £1 10s per acre.
139 45a 2r, allotmont I. Patrick Geraghty, £2 4s
140 40a 10p, allotment J. Isaiah Mills, £2
141 41a 12p, allotment K. Wm. Highett, £1 16s .

See the top right hand corner of the Maribyrnong parish map.

When I saw the following, I presumed that William was making use of crown land adjacent to his grants, not land near the Moonee Ponds, as stated. However all the land adjacent to his grants had ceased to be crown land by the end of June 1849.

OCCUPYING CROWN LANDS.—A man named William Cherry, residing near Keilor Inn, appeared at the Police Office, yesterday, to plead
to an information filed against him by District Chief Constable Brodie, for occupying Crown Lands without a license. Mr. Jennings, solicitor, appeared for defendant, and took several objections, which were answered by Mr. Brodie.
A long discussion took place as to the necessity for setting forth in the information that defendant did not hold the lands under lease, demise, license, etc., which Mr. Brodie contended was unnecessary. After some time the Chief Constable withdrew the
information with the intention of filing a fresh one. (P.2, Argus, 24 OCTOBER, 1849.)

Illegally Occupying Land. — William Cherry, who some time since had been proceeded against by Chief District Constable Brodie, fur occupying waste lands of the Crown without a license, situated near the Moonee Ponds, and who had been found guilty, and fined in a penalty of £10, subjected at the same time (at the suggestion of Mr. Henry Jennings, the Attorney, and by the permission of the bench) to an official reference to his Honor the Superintendent, on two grounds, viz : First— objecting to
the right of Mr. Brodie to lay the information without producing his authority from government to do so, and secondly of the same charge having been entertained on a prior occasion, and dismissed through an informality. These two objections were
severally put by his Honor to Mr. Croke, who overruled them both, considering the authority deputed in the Government Gazette
to Mr. Brodie, as sufficient to warrant his so acting, and further deciding that it required no extension of his authority for
him to resume the charge at any time or under any circumstances when individuals committed themselves under the Act. The
bench therefore decided that Mr Cherry should pay the fine originally inflicted of £10, and have 14 days to pay it in.
(P.4, Port Phillip Gazette and Settler's Journal, 20-12-1849.)

Mrs John F Hayes of Moonee Ponds was a grand-daughter of William Cherry and this article has photos of William and medals he'd won for his horses, all from the 1850's.

Mrs J.F.Hayes? Who was she?
We go back to the information from PUBS, PUNTS AND PASTURES at the start of the journal. Her father WHO MARRIED IN 1869 was James Cherry whose house was named BROOKLYN. Her given name was Lizzie or Elizabeth.

CHERRY (nee McIntyre).—On the 12th July, at her residence, 9 Muir street, West Richmond, Maria Theresa, relict of the late James
Cherry, of Brooklyn, Geelong road, Brooklyn, and loving mother of Lizzie (the late Mrs. J. F. Hayes), Annie (deceased), James, Hubert, Walter, Emmie (Mrs. Norman Job), Ossie, Willie, and Fred, in her 80th year. Born in Port Philip, 1847.
(P.1, Argus, 14-7-1927.)

1857. purchases (near Altona)
William's division of estate among sons.


Well, for a start, Lanty was a nickname. Here's somebody else with the nickname, thoughtfully provided free by when I Googled LANTY CHENEY.

Lanty Armstrong (Word)
Description: DAR description
LANCELOT "Lanty" THOMAS Armstrong (born 1740)
Both CHENEY and LANCELOT were names of French origin taken to England at the time of the Norman Conquest. Two meanings of the origin of Lanty are given, one concerned with early Irish Christian tradition, and not likely to be adopted by conquerors. The other one started near the Lakes District in England's north west, Lanty being short for Lancelot.
Two Lake District residents named Lancelot but known as Lanty were Lanty Dobson after whom Lanty's Tarn was named, and Lanty Slee, moonshiner and smuggler. Countless other examples emerged on genealogical forums of Lancelots called Lanty.

DEATH.-Cheney, George Cheney, beloved son of Lancelot Cheney of Williamstown, died at Woollong, New South Wales on the 17th of June, 1889, after a long and painful illness. Age 41 years. (P.2, Williamstown Chronicle, 22-6-1889.)

Here's George's birth record (Victorian BDM).
CHENEY George, Birth
mother: Jane nee UNKNOWN father: CHENEY Launcelot
place of birth: WILLIAMSTOWN, 1848, 15839/1848

Here's his parents' marriage record.
CHENEY Lancelot Marriage NARROWAY, Jane 1846 3829/1846

And the birth record of Lanty and Jane's only other child. The mother's family name at birth was required.
CHENEY Emma Jane Birth
mother: Jane nee SHEPHERD father:Lancelote Chris
place of birth: WILLIAMSTOWN, 1857, 5501/1857

People get information from Family tree Circles for free, so I get the greatest pleasure from getting free snippets from That was how I already knew the year of Emma Jane's birth but there were also details about her parents.

Lancelot Christopher Cheney 1813-1890 was born in Irvinestown, county Fermanagh, Ireland and Jane Shepherd (1817-1873) was born in Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire, England. In 1846 Lanty would have been about 33 and Jane about 29.

Jane Shepherd must have been married to a Mr Narroway before her marriage to Lanty. Narroway was a name associated with Williamstown, especially James Narroway. This might be his birth record and Jane nee Shepherd might have been his mother.

NARROWAY James Birth
mother: Jane UNKNOWN father: NARROWAY James
place of birth: MELBOURNE, 1844, 11660/1844

mother: Jane nee SHEPHERD father: Narroway Jas
place of death: Wmstn, 58, 1902, 16074/1902

I wonder why Jane's death notice doesn't mention her daughter Emma Jane.
CHENEY - On the 22nd December, at her residence,Twyford street, Williamstown, Jane, the beloved wife of Lancelot Christopher Cheney, and mother of G.Cheney, draper, Prahran, aged fifty-five years. Home papers please copy.
(P.8, Weekly Times, 27-12-1873.)

CHENEY Emma Jane Death
mother: Jane SHEPHERD father: Launcelot Ch
place of death: WILL, 17, 1874, 9445/1874

Lanty's obituary.
We regret to record the death of one of
the oldest pioneers of Victoria
, and one of
the oldest residents of Williamstown. The
deceased, Mr. L. C. Cheney, came to Port
Phillip in 1841, and worked amongst the
earliest settlers
; subsequently he settled in
Williamstown in 1847, since which date he
has hardly ever left the town. At the age
of 83 he passed peacefully away, and at his
request Capt. Luke and his happy band (the
Salvation Army), performed the last rites
and ceremonies of their practical religion,
the funeral being largely attended.
(P.3, Williamstown Chronicle, 19-4-1890.)

POSTSCRIPT, 8-6-2022.
I had not added LANTY'S death record to the journal at the time of writing, possibly because of Victorian BDM becoming unavailable due to maintenance or I had not found it due to the spelling of Lancelot.

CHENEY Launcellotte Christr Death
mother: father:, Wm
place of death:Wmstown
83, 1890 10160/1890

Lanty's Timeline.
1841. Arrives, as in the obituary.

1845. In the winter of 1845 Georgiana McCrae sent one of the men working for the McCraes to Mrs Smith to borrow some beef because the McCraes had run out, and the contract with their workers Henry Tuck and Lanty Cheney specified a ration of ten lbs of beef per week; Mrs Smith sent back not only the requested beef but a ham and greens as well.59
(P.13, I SUCCEEDED ONCE, Marie Hansen Fels.)

1846. Marries Jane nee Shepherd, widow of James Narroway.

1847. Settles in Williamstown.

1890. Dies having spent 43 years at Williamstown.

If somebody can prove that Lancelot Christopher Cheney was not Lanty Cheney, I will applaud such an achievement!